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Rangers pitcher Shawn Tolleson leaving local preps envious

Pitcher Shawn Tolleson is making neighborhood kids jealous, but it’s not because of his arm.
Pitcher Shawn Tolleson is making neighborhood kids jealous, but it’s not because of his arm. Star-Telegram

Right-hander Shawn Tolleson claims to have never seen Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, starring Paul Reubens as his alter-ego, Pee Wee Herman.

“From what I know about him now, I probably wouldn’t like it,” Tolleson said.

But Tolleson has a pretty sweet bicycle, not as sweet as the gadget-heavy bike Reubens/Herman owned in the 1985 flick. Tolleson’s bike, for instance, doesn’t take flight, but it is motorized.

Tolleson also wouldn’t trek to the ends of the earth if his bike were swiped. He’d just have his wife drop him off at the Surprise Recreation Campus, as he does some days anyway.

However, rather than go through the to-do of loading up a baby just so his wife can make the 1 1/2-mile trip from their spring home, Tolleson hops on the motorized beach cruiser and is at the clubhouse in no time.

“It’s like a lazy man’s bicycle,” Tolleson said.

Tolleson estimated that the bike, powered by a gas-oil mixture much like a grass trimmer, can hit a top speed of 30 mph. It has only a 2-gallon tank, but it gets 150 miles per gallon. Not bad for a $275 price tag.

He also has given some of the kids at neighboring Valley Vista High School, home of the Monsoon, a glimpse at what is possible in the two-wheel world of transportation.

“Usually when I’m going home, a bunch of kids are going home from school,” Tolleson said. “It’s like skateboarders and bicycles and kids on their electric scooters. I stay with the crowd most of the time and chat it up to see how their day is going.

“They give me looks, mostly looks of jealousy. They know it’s me coming now.”

Spotted

Infielder Jurickson Profar, who underwent season-ending shoulder surgery last month, was checking out baseball bats Wednesday morning outside the Rangers’ clubhouse and appeared to be mimicking a swing.

He also has visited a barber since he was last seen with the club.

The bleached flat-top look the 22-year-old featured during the off-season has been replaced by the more conservative crew cut/fade he has worn much of his career.

The Rangers flew Profar to town Monday so he could be around his teammates and to break up the monotony of his rehabilitation. He leaves Saturday.

Number

14 Months likely needed for Yu Darvish to rehabilitate after Tommy John surgery before returning to game action. If he has surgery next week, as expected, he could return in May 2016.

Quotable

“When you look back at what this club went through last year, they had time as a unit without core players. Life without, they understand.”

— Manager Jeff Banister on the club’s reaction in the aftermath of Yu Darvish’s injury

Jeff Wilson, 817-390-7760

Twitter: @JeffWilson_FWST

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